Chuck Close, an American painter quotes: “Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.”
This is what I do. I paint, practise, study, practise, research, practise, paint, practise and repeat again and again. It is part of who I am, what I must do, even when the day isn’t good, or I am not encouraged, or days when I have a deadline, am tired, or have a road block. I just show up. Sometimes it can be a struggle, when the painting is not going anywhere or I am struggling with an aspect of the piece. I cannot let these get me down. Sometimes, I stop for a moment to assess, reflect and plan my next steps. Usually, I start a new piece, while rethinking the current painting. It does help to have trusted friends in the same industry for advise. But my best critic is my spouse.
Usually, something will happen to the painting. Sometimes it takes a complete detour and morphs into something unexpected. I let go and let intuition play! This is the spirit of creativity that takes me to a different place. I let a new direction take me there and with this new road to travel…. I continue on.